CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer called President Trump a “chicken” for being too “afraid” to take questions from reporters at Friday’s White House press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic.
The president abruptly left today’s unusually short briefing without taking a single question from a reporter.
“This was the first time that the president has been afraid to answer questions from reporters,” Blitzer said at the end of the president’s 22-minute briefing.
“Reporters were all there. They were sitting in the White House briefing room. That’s their job to ask serious, important, tough questions,” he said.
“The president clearly – uh – shall we say was chicken today,” he added. “He didn’t want to answer questions that the reporters had prepared.”
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Trump did face reporters earlier in the day at a signing ceremony for a new $484 billion economic rescue package.
Amid a flurry of backlash and ridicule, Trump walked back his suggestion that scientists test whether disinfectants, like bleach, could be injected inside the human body to fight the coronavirus, claiming Friday that he had said it sarcastically.
“I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen,” Trump said.
There was no indication when he made the initial remarks that they weren’t a real recommendation.